PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 July 2018 Sabrina Johnson Great Yarmouth Racecourse, 22nd July 1992. Photo: Archant Library Archant Library Horse racing was first recorded in Great Yarmouth in 1715, showing the going has been good in the seaside town for more than 300 years. Great Yarmouth races, 27th October 1993. Photo: Archant LibraryLocated in North Denes, in 1920 the course was moved from its orignal site in South Denes following pressure from then expanding fishing industry. During the move, the course stands which are still in use today where dismantled and rebuilt on the new site.Featuring a one and three quarter mile long left- handed track. The course is used for racing on the flat and each year hosts a summer season of 23 meetings. The most valuable race at the course is the John Musker Fillies’ Stakes, which is run over a mile and a quarter and takes place during the Eastern Flagship meeting in September. Due to its proximity to Newmarket, the Great … [Read more...] about A seaside town with long horse racing past
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PUBLISHED: 09:40 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 19 July 2018 Ladies Night at the Great Yarmouth Races. From left, Georgie Grice, Shannon Walsh, Kyristle Hodds, and Lauren Maslanka. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2018 Woman have donned hats and heels and showed off their top fashion trends during an afternoon and night of racing at Great Yarmouth. Ladies Night at the Great Yarmouth Races. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY On Wednesday the town’s race course held its annual ladies night meeting, which saw hundreds of women enjoy the sun as they cheered on horses and enjoyed a DJ set by former Spice Girl Melanie C. Women proudly showed off their fascinators and colourful hats and dresses as they counted their winnings or consoled themselves after losing a bet. Ladies Night at the Great Yarmouth Races. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The £20,000 feature race, the Diomed Developments Handicap, was won by Hart Stopper, ridden by Jamie Spencer. The popular event also saw … [Read more...] about Can you spot yourself at Great Yarmouth race course’s Ladies Night?
At some point everyone has had a debate in the pub about something completely random. Would Muhammad Ali beat Bruce Lee in a fight? Who is the greatest footballer of all time? One of these very conversations was happening in the Neuadd Arms Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells , in June 1980. The then landlord, Gordon Green, overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. And from that, the Man v Horse race was born. Almost 30 years on, the race has grown and grown with a dedicated following and people travelling from all over the UK. “We don’t really know what has made it so popular,” said 72-year-old Bob Greenough who is part of the organising team. According to Bob the event is a welcome boost to the area. “It is very well attended, a lot of people come out to watch it. People will come here from a long way away. The runners will come from all over the UK and people come with them. “This is a very sleepy town. … [Read more...] about How the Man V Horse race has helped save a rural Welsh town
Following an unplanned two-month break from racing, Red Ruby returned with a flourish in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Red Ruby pulled away from Coach Rocks on a sloppy track Friday and cruised to a 4 3/4-length victory, her third career win in five tries. The Grade 2, $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies was run on a cold, rainy afternoon at Pimlico Race Course. Not long after finishing fourth in the Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 18, Red Ruby got spooked and "had a little accident in the shed row," according to trainer Kellyn Gorder. Gorder said Red Ruby ran backward, dragged her hot walker into the middle of the barn, ran into a metal ladder and received 13 stitches. "We got really, really lucky. They were all superficial," Gorder said. "But she sat in the stall for 16 days while those things healed." The injury forced the Kentucky-bred filly to miss the Fantasy Stakes last month at Oaklawn Park and the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago at Churchill Downs in Louisville. On … [Read more...] about Horse Racing: Red Ruby pulls away to easy victory in Black-Eyed Susan
When Hunter S Thompson took Welsh artist Ralph Steadman to the Kentucky Derby in 1970, he tried to prepare him for the chaos into which they were descending. “Just pretend you’re visiting a huge outdoor loony bin,” Thompson said. He added, because he was rarely out of character, “If the inmates get out of control we’ll soak them down with Mace.” “Huge outdoor loony bin” is not the most precise description of the Palio di Siena, the thunderous, lawless, bareback, medieval-style horse race held twice each summer in front of tens of thousands of spectators on a track of packed clay laid down in the heart of Siena, in Tuscany. But it will do for the moment. This is a race in which jockeys – they ride for various contrade, or neighbourhoods – feel free to bribe one another, out in the open, before the contest begins. Betrayal is common. Guile is prized. There are no rules but one: a rider may not interfere … [Read more...] about What it’s like to witness the Palio di Siena, possibly the most lawless horse race on Earth